Ten asp questions. Part 2

I saw how on the Volga near the village of Stupino a large asp was eating sabre weighing 150-200 g, and even more. So maybe you need to catch it with a very large spoon?

Catching the largest (within its species) predators with macro-baits is a very promising topic and relatively little studied. Unless everything is more or less clear with the pike here. For other fish it is more and more foggy, but a kilogram perch, for example, eats Giant Killer “turntables” very well, that is, somewhere in the seventh or eighth numbers, if we continue the averaged scale for these lures. As for the asp, it really, when its weight exceeds 4-5 kg., If it has such an opportunity, departs from feeding with “standard” bleak and switches to larger prey.

In terms of lures, this is expressed in the fact that such an asp is more often found on “turntables” of maximum numbers (on “six” from “Blue Fox”, for example), on wobblers 15-17 cm in size and more. If you focus on the more typical lures for asp fishing, then they turn out to be very heavy. So, a “Castmaster” of a suitable size will weigh on the order of three ounces or even more. To catch such, you will need a fundamentally different tackle. Although – why not try it? Spinning with a test of at least up to a hundred square meters, a surf reel … There is a motivated assumption that such an approach in hunting big asp is not so hopeless.

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In the spring, a couple of times I managed to catch an asp with a wobbler very close to the coast – right under the bushes. Was it just luck, or is there a pattern in this?

There is a pattern. Asp in the middle lane, as a rule, spawns at the junction of the second and third decades of April on shallow flowing sections of the river with a gristly bottom. Immediately after spawning, it is weakened and therefore avoids any significant current, clinging to the shores. The asp settles for several days, then begins to eat there. For about seven to ten days, the asp is caught under the bushes, preferring slow-moving baits, and the wobbler in the first place. Of particular interest at this time are the points where immediately under the flooded bushes there is a pit with a depth of up to three meters, and a little further from the coast – a smaller and noticeable current. But this period is fleeting. As soon as you begin to notice bursts of asp at a distance from the shore (at least twenty meters away), this means that it has grown stronger and has gone to more familiar hunting places, and there is no point in looking for it under the bushes.

Last year I got carried away with bombard fishing. There have been no particular successes yet, but somehow I met a man on the Oka who was proving that an asp with a bombard was best caught on a small wobbler. Is not it?

I don’t find much sense in using small wobblers paired with a bombard. A wobbler in such a bundle almost completely loses its inherent game and, at least, nothing for the better differs from the more primitive slips – wabiks, foam rubber (without loading), etc. has the meaning. With repeated alternation of two flies, it often happens that almost all bites fall strictly on one of these flies. And it is in this and similar classes of bait that you should choose what to catch the asp with the bomber float. Well, maybe even “rubber” without loading should be borne in mind. And micro-wobblers – it is better to leave them for ultralight, there they really are sometimes out of competition.

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In the 80s, I successfully caught asp in the Ruza and Mozhaisk reservoirs. And over the past five years I caught only three pieces there and there. What happened?

In the 80s, I myself was quite good at catching asp on Mozhaika. And since the mid-90s, he began to notice that there is less and less of it on the reservoir and has completely refused from purposeful attempts to catch asp in this reservoir. One of the probable reasons is the general crisis at the moment when stocking and biotechnical measures in the reservoirs near Moscow, experiencing high fishing pressure, were carried out in a reduced volume or were not carried out at all. As it turned out, the asp on the reservoirs of the “swamp” type (that is, without a noticeable current) is in great need of human support, the possibilities of its natural recovery in such conditions, unlike pike or pike perch, are severely limited. But in the year before last, in the upper part of Mozhaika, various fishermen noticed a large accumulation of one-year-old asp. So, it is possible that in 2001 the asp successfully spawned in the reservoir and a significant part of the fry survived. This allows us to assume that in the coming season, asp already quite marketable size (700-800 g) will be found at Mozhaika quite regularly.

A friend invites you to fish asp. He has a dacha on a river in the Tula region. The width of the river is twenty meters. I can’t believe that such an asp can be found. Or can it still be?

Asp in small rivers – for some reason this topic is rarely raised in fishing publications, and, perhaps, this is why many hardly believe that asp can be caught in rivers that are much less than fifty meters wide. Moreover, one can recall Russian classical literature – in the story “The Intruder” in relation to asp, the lips of the title character made a particular definition: he loves space … Nevertheless, even if we do not take into account the small rivers and channels of the south, asp is found in small rivers , and more often not singly, but with a certain constancy. I will allow myself to list the small rivers of the Moscow region, in which either I myself or someone from my acquaintances caught asp at least a couple of times: Lopasnya, Kashirka, Besputa, Ruza (upper), Nara, Desna, Yauza, Pekhorka. And this is not the whole list.

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The behavior of an asp on a small river differs markedly from that to which we are accustomed. He can hardly give himself out in bursts, and therefore we are often convinced of the presence of an asp in the river, only having already caught it. Therefore, information about the presence of asp in it should be taken seriously. Fishing technology and tactics are built differently here. Of the lures, wobblers are in the first place, and “turntables” are in the second place. If you fish with a “turntable”, then it is best to do it according to the “upstream” method, that is, moving up the river, while being careful, and throwing the bait in front of you. Most bites occur directly below flooded tree stumps and fallen trees. With a wobbler, rafting is more justified, only unlike the same method practiced on large rivers, the distance at which we release the wobbler is small – an average of thirty meters. Bites in this type of fishing more often occur under trees hanging over the water.

author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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